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Developing a Safe Space for Tough Conversations on Technology

When developing my new 9th grade technology course I wanted to make sure that I was teaching my students important life skills that were relevant and interesting to them. I needed to create a safe space for tough conversations around online privacy, internet safety, and digital wellness. Equally as important was a lab environment that…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

Digital Citizenship Toolkit Establishes Online-Offline Connections for Kids

Digital citizenship lessons, that help kids use the internet safely and fruitfully, are analogous to the skills we teach kids for the physical world. In order to help children make these conceptual connections between digital and offline life, iKeepSafe developed the Digital Citizenship Toolkit to aligns each toolkit item with a BEaPRO™concept: Balance, Ethics, Privacy,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

iKeepSafe Expands Digital Literacy Initiative with New Curriculum for Middle School Students

Washington D.C., October 21, 2015 – The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit alliance committed to helping children thrive in the digital space, announced today the launch of its new middle school curriculum—the latest installment in a series of lessons designed to help educators teach digital literacy. The lessons for grades 7-9 build on…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Press Releases

iKeepSafe Student Data Privacy Workshop for K12 Educators

Friday, August 7th, 9:30am-2:30pm Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose Room 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131-2304, the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education are hosting a free student data privacy workshop for K-12 educators, designed to:Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Privacy

New Incident Response Tool App Launched Today

Today, with the generous support of Samsung, iKeepSafe proudly launched a mobile friendly adaptation of its Incident Response Tool (IRT). The IRT App allows you to quickly access clear and informed recommendations through flow charts and related investigation documents. The increasing use of and demand for technology in education brings with it many new challenges for schools. From…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

Students and Copyright

Every piece of original authorship is granted copyright ownership, affording exclusive rights to the owner for reproduction, distribution, derivative works, public performance or display. Though the requirements of original authorship may be contested, it is clear that students produce thousands of original creative works every school year– be they essays and art projects or tweets and…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Important New Student Data Principles

iKeepSafe applauds Data Quality Campaign and the education co-signers for encouraging educational institutions and companies to collect, use, and destroy student data in ways that protect the privacy of students and families. Responsible use of education technology and student data is crucial, which is why iKeepSafe developed our FERPA seal and COPPA safe harbor programs.…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

School Climate Improvement:

Policy, Practice and Leadership Development. What to do and how to do it? The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is hosting its 18th annual Summer Institute on June 25th-June 26th in Winston Prep, NYC for K-12 school, district, state, and community leaders.  Register now to learn about school climate research findings, how to address challenging obstacles, and the…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

Over 400,000 Teens Stop Social Isolation

Few events in a 12-year-old’s life match the gut wrenching terror of walking into a middle school cafeteria alone. Just considering the prospect awakens memories of the anxiety building throughout the morning. Of sitting alone, half imagining and half wishing myself invisible. Of just praying for the lunch period to end. Thankfully, my personal agony…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Building on the Student Privacy Pledge

More than 100 companies have signed the new Student Privacy Pledge established by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association, and the pledge has been praised by President Obama and legislators on both sides of the aisle. The Pledge is an important way for ed tech companies to demonstrate their…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Privacy

“Abstinence-only” education policy won’t work for internet access, either

We’re delighted to unveil our research on state-level media literacy legislation and policy. The interactive map on our website shows, at a glance, where legislation is moving or statutes are in place. A click lets you see the law or bill number, a summary and status report, and the activity of Media Literacy Now in…Continue Reading

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Data Quality Campaign Releases Results of Tenth Annual Survey on How States Use Data to Improve Education

At the Data Quality Campaign, we recently released the results of our tenth annual survey on how states are using data to improve education. The great news is that states are continuing their work to make sure the data they collect are used to help students, families, educators, and policymakers make good decisions about education.…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Education Data: A Critical Decision Making Tool

Education data are a critical decision making tool for everyone with a stake in education. Teachers need data to plan and personalize their lessons. School leaders need data to provide the specific supports their students need. Parents also need data to understand and support their child’s learning. When we think about education data, we often think of…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

Working toward a world in which children and young adults build the critical thinking skills they need for productive, safe and healthy lives

Change starts small. In our vast country, the biggest policy changes often start at the state and local level, and that is where it is easiest to make a difference. When I first became aware of media literacy as an urgent public health issue, I started by talking with my son’s fifth grade teacher. She…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues


As technology whizzes by us at a record-breaking pace, parents are trying feverishly to keep their heads above water. When speaking at schools and conventions across the country, many parents are panicked by how quickly technology is changing and express major concerns when it comes to their kids utilizing these tools at a seemingly unmanageable…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Announcing Our New Digital Literacy Initiative

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first set of K-6 lessons in our new digital literacy curriculum initiative, which aims to prepare students for digital citizenship in the 21st century. This first set of lessons make it easier for teachers to help students learn how to create, collaborate, and share responsibly.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

IKS Featured on Comcast Newsmakers (Repost)

A few months ago, iKeepSafe was invited to discuss the growing issues around protecting student data on the national Comcast Newsmakers program. In the video, Nancy Gifford, iKeepSafe Senior Director of Law and Policy, discusses the ways schools are using technology to enhance classroom learning and how this impacts the schools’ role as a steward…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

Safeguarding Student Data Privacy: Key Questions—And Answers

Education data are a powerful tool that can help all with a stake in education—from families and educators, to state and federal policymakers— in their efforts to support students and identify pathways to success. When teachers have appropriate access to data on their students, they can individualize their instruction, communicate better with students and their…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy

School’s Out! Let’s talk online safety – in English and in Spanish

An Online Safety App to Guide your Family Through the Summer By Marsali Hancock, CEO and President of iKeepSafe and Andrea Brands, Director of Consumer Safety and Empowerment at AT&T School is out and summer has officially arrived. While we’ll be enjoying warmer weather and longer days, students will also have more time to spend…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting

The Age Old Device Debate

Parents are anxious for information about technology and their kids. What are they into? What are the current trends? Are these apps safe? As technology is swirling around us, parents find themselves feverishly trying to keep up and stay on top of what their kids are doing, so they can help them to have a…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Educational Issues, Parenting

Scholarship Scams: Don’t Be a Financial Aid Victim

Parents and students alike spend many a sleepless night worrying about how they’re going to pay for college. And with the widely spread rumor that millions of dollars each year in legitimate financial aid go unclaimed, it does seem possible that scholarship offers might come pouring in. Sadly, this causes an estimated $100 million each…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Online Security, Parenting

The Tricky Thing About Anonymity & Technology

My job traveling the country speaking with kids, parents and school staff about internet and digital safety is pretty awesome. One of the greatest things about what I do is that TRULY no two days are the same. While the ever-changing world of technology is extremely daunting at times (especially for parents), I find it…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Reducing Waste without Compromising Rights

With today’s widespread technology use, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals are all finding ways to increase efficiency and reduce waste. As we engage in “spring cleaning,” we are particularly motivated to eliminate excess paper and seemingly needless waste, and we frequently inquire whether money, time, and resources could have been saved by using…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues, Online Security

IKS Featured on Comcast Newsmakers (Video)

Recently, iKeepSafe was invited to discuss the growing issues around protecting student data on the national Comcast Newsmakers program. In the video, Nancy Gifford, iKeepSafe Senior Director of Law and Policy, discusses the ways schools are using technology to enhance classroom learning and how this impacts the schools’ role as a steward of the students’…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News, Videos

Why is Media Literacy Research Important?

Over the past several years, I have been writing about the value of media literacy education when it comes to teaching our children how to critically think about media messages. Many of my blogs focus on what we don’t discuss with our students and how the media provides us with teachable moments for discussion on…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

Doodle 4 Google

Today, Google launched its Doodle 4 Google competition to encourage K-12 students to get creative and let their imagination go wild. This year’s unique theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” The national winner will: • Have his or her doodle displayed on the Google homepage, for…Continue Reading

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Cyber Safety: Teaching Smart Thinking

Recently I attended a workshop on “Youth and Technology” at a high school in Laguna Beach, CA, and came home with a long list of recommendations that will keep my children safe online—everything from deleting “bad” apps from their smart phones, to installing surveillance apps and filtering software onto our family’s devices. While the evening…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Selfies: Annoying Word or Interesting Psychology?

Did you know Oxford Dictionaries officially declared the word “selfie” as the 2013 word of the year? A simple flip of the camera phone allows us to take these popular, flattering pictures of ourselves, and many popular selfie apps such as Instagram, allow us to get creative with editing them as well. According to the…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Multitasking: a state of continuous partial attention

Put down your tablet or phone and mute the TV—just for a minute—to mark the passing of Clifford Nass. Who? Nass, who died last month, was a Stanford professor of communications and was among the first academics to study multitasking. In pioneering work, Nass showed that, when multitasking, people are not really performing well on…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Educational Issues

“High Access School” Success? Planning & Preparation REQUIRED

A Small District PACKING a Powerful Techno Punch When it comes to technology, the “size” of a school district does NOT determine a student’s learning opportunities.  A small district on the southern border of Idaho, is successfully implementing a 1-to-1 digital environment—with all the learning opportunities of any school in a large city or urban…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

Marsali Hancock invited to present at 53rd Annual CETPA Conference

Today, iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock was invited to present at the 53rd Annual CETPA Conference in Pasadena, California. This year’s theme, Enhancing Education through Innovation reflects CETPA’s commitment to forward thinking ideas and meaningful change in the lives of students and educators alike. The Conference features quality sessions, dynamic keynotes, great exhibitors, and…Continue Reading

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Lessons on “CyberCivics” Too Important To Ignore

My daughter, who is busy working on her college applications, received this message from her high school counselor yesterday: “Just received an email from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)… a friendly reminder that colleges are reading your social media.” Today, in addition to having sky-high GPA’s and equally impressive test scores, kids…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues


Here’s my confession—I just bought my first smartphone. What? This is 2013, man! What are you, a Neanderthal? I know, I know, I’ve heard them all. But this isn’t about my newfound salvation, made possible only by the grace of the omnipotent iPhone. This is all about the unsung hero—my pre-historic, dilapidated, doesn’t-get-on-Facebook cellphone. That…Continue Reading

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Generation Next

One of the greatest parts of my job is talking to parents and students about all the amazing, wonderful things that technology has to offer. Parents often enter my presentations expecting to learn about all the evils of technology and the perils of social networking; while there are certainly some challenges that need to be…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Why Are We Freaking Out?

There has been quite a hullabaloo recently over the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1-billion effort to equip all of its students with the iPads. Because some students were able to bypass security measures in only 10 days and start accessing, from home, sites like Pandora and Facebook, the district has been the target of…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

iKeepSafe Participates in EDUsummit 2013

Most of us would agree that the word “citizenship” has traditionally been tied to geographical location; people used to simply participate in whatever society they were born into. In contrast, modern technologies like telephones, television, and most of all, the internet, now allow individuals to access information from around the world—in real time—despite being thousands…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

Just to Clarify . . .

iKeepSafe has focused on helping youth thrive in the digital environment since we launched in 2005. Research shows that kids won’t learn to be ethical, responsible or resilient online on their own. It is our goal at IKS to increase critical thinking skills of youth and families around media and digital literacy. We do this…Continue Reading

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Why is iKeepSafe Collaborating to Teach Students about Creative Content Online?

SHORT ANSWER: because students need it. Knowing how to create, collaborate, and share responsibly are twenty-first century skills. And, Teacher-Librarians are the best prepared to teach it. NOT-AS-SHORT ANSWER: iKeepSafe is a 501c3, non-profit focused on helping children thrive in the digital environment. Since 2005, we have created educational content and experiences to help youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

What The Kids Want

Digital and Media Literacy education is primarily a top-down endeavor: adults design curriculum based upon what they think kids should know about the digital world. It’s sort of like Martians deciding what Earthlings should know about life on our planet. Sure we do our best, but at the end of the day many of us…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Learning while playing videogames? Sounds too good to be true.

Do the games Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego or Oregon Trail bring back any memories? For me, they do. As a young lad in elementary school, my teachers used these games as a way to enhance what we were already learning in the classroom. I was, and still am for that matter, a…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

Looking into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Learning

What experiences will we have a week from now, a month from now, six years from now? We can often make predictions, but whether or not they come to fruition, only time will tell. What will the classroom look like for our children’s children? Will whiteboards and markers be a “thing of the past”? Technology…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

The Tech Talk: It’s Never Too Early

Since I first started talking to students while working for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in 2006, technology has changed drastically, and so have my audiences. I primarily started talking to middle school and high school students and their parents about internet safety, and have since expanded to elementary school audiences – as young as…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Why Institutions Shouldn’t Just “Ease on Down the Road” to New Technology

Keeping up with changing technology is not an easy task, especially for businesses and educational institutions.  Visit with your favorite teen for a few moments and you just may learn that certain social media sites, apps, and even technology devices which were “in” just yesterday are suddenly “out.”  Take Snapchat, for instance.  While it was…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

New Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Now Available

iKeepSafe and Google have teamed up to create new and improved curricula about being a responsible digital citizen. Our hope is for technology to dramatically improve the lives of students and educators. Working together, we are committed to supporting education, as well as keeping students and teachers safe online. Each of the three classes is…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Protect or Prepare? A Question about

What is it with parents and the knee jerk reaction to technology? Here’s an example… someone is mean to our child on _______________ (fill in the blank with today’s most popular app/social networking site). We response by either, a) taking the device away, or b) demanding they delete the offending app and/or social networking site…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

Webinars Offer Vital Info for all Stakeholders

Last week, iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock led a webinar entitled “Intellectual Property and Copyright.” She filled in for Jill Lesser from the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). “Teacher librarians have the capacity to help students and staff learn how to create, collaborate and share files ethically and responsibly. The goal is to teach…Continue Reading

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Teachers and students flip for new flipped learning model

When I was in elementary school, the classroom is where I came to learn new material. My teachers would then assign homework to help us put into practice what we had learned that day. In the 21st century, teachers are considering different methods to best help their students learn the material. A new model, referred…Continue Reading

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What Teens Believe Everyone Should Know about Bullying and Cyberbullying

Net Literacy and Bright House Networks are partnering together by engaging Indiana school districts with over 40,000 students to promote National Bully Prevention Month.  This month, we began the first part of our campaign to promote civility within our communities via a contest to increase awareness about how teens can reduce bullying and cyber-bullying. Lights,…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Educational Issues

Travel Across the World, Without Ever Leaving the Classroom

The world is a big place, one that is filled with over 7 billion people. iKeepSafe has an acronym, BE a PRO, which helps all parents everywhere prepare their children to be ethical, responsible, and resilient digital citizens. One of the Rs stands for relationships. Technology can be used for both good and bad when…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues

What Kids are (Really) Doing Online

Maybe you’ve already heard? It appears that Facebook is losing its groove. A recent survey of 5,200 teenagers found that while 33% called Facebook their “most important” social network in Spring ‘12, by Spring of this year that number had fallen to just 25%. An unofficial survey of the eighth graders in my Cyber Civics…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Videos

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